The Documented Life Project: 2014

In my constant search for happy positive and creative things to occupy my mind , I have started the Documented Life Project, please see their webpage as well as  my blogpost for more information!

This project is just what I need, 
I have found myself increasingly so wound up and stressed from the day job and other stress, that I have forgotten how to have fun. This project has come at the right time for me.

I will post my journal pages here: whether  they are artistic or really look awful, I will post them here!  Art journalling is about the process as much as it is the outcome!

 The DLP people are using Moleskine planners, I have decided instead to use my limited edition Minnie Mouse Moleskine blank page journal

Moleskine limited edition blank page Minnie Mouse 

the journal is becoming full of DLP pages

  I wanted to use this Minnie Mouse journal for something good that I could keep, and this is just the project for it!

 My title Page for January features washi paper from Chiyogami Designs, as well as my own doodles with my Indian Ink waterproof  pen, and Bakers twine with a cardboard embellishment from a scrapbook kit.

 The title pages arent part of the Documented Life Project, but as I am not using a planner book, I wanted to differentiate between the months with title pages

 Again not a task of theDLP, but something I wanted to do, is this mini index that I will be doing for each month, showing what the challenges are and which week they belong to.

Each month's pages have diferent coloured or patterned washi tape on the edges to show which month the pages belong to

 January 1, 2014 - Week One - Photograph, sketch, paint or incorporate your front door.

I took a photo of our front door, using my phone. the picture is at a close up and an angle, i then printed it out, stuck it on the page, and added ephemera and some inked in details

 January 5, 2014 - Week Two - Selfie

Even though this was only the second of the challenges in DLP 2014, i did not manage to complete it until week 48.
I don't like myself much and it took me a bit of courage to paint this self portrait.

 January 12, 2014 - Week Three - Add an envelope from your mailbox.

 January 18, 2014 - Week Four - Write a secret message then paint over all but one key word.

A messy page of dabbed paint, ink, washi tape, nail polish ... I enjoyed doing this page, it was cathartic to do some unstructured splashing of colour on the page.

 January 25, 2014 - Week Five - Add a doodle border.

I pasted black paper into my journal and doodled scrolls and lines with pastel gel pens of different colours.

 Title Page and Challenges

 February 1, 2014 - Week Six - Open your Pinterest board and be inspired.

This challenge I think was meant to be from something ON Pinterest that has inspired you. Whereas I have taken it to be the inspiration that is Pinterest itself, a collection of pictures that inspire. 

 February 8, 2014 - Week Seven - Draw one shape - repeat - add color.

I chose to repeat a stylised bat for this challenge!

 February 15, 2014 - Week Eight - Add a flap to the flap.

For the 'add a flap' challenge, I created a stable door style flap and when you open it there is a pink unicorn peeking out!

 February 22, 2014 - Challenge (Week Nine) - Collage something you recycled.

For this challenge I recycled a bag some lemons came in!

 March title page and list of challenges

 March 1, 2014 - Challenge (Week Ten) - Make a list of the things that make you YOU.

 March 8, 2014 - Challenge - Week Eleven - Draw, photograph or collage a bird onto your page.

For this challenge I drew a cartoon penguin, and some snowy scenery!

 March 15, 2014 - Challenge - Week Twelve - Cut up a magazine..add!

For this challenge I cut up adverts from Frankie Magazine Nov/Dec 2013

 March 22, 2014 - Challenge - Ask someone else to draw on your page - finish it

 March 29, 2014 - Challenge - Write your name and embellish it

Indian ink on sketch paper embellished with raven washi tape from Chiyogami Designs

April title page and challenge list

April 5, 2014 - Week 15 Challenge - Monochromatic: use shades, tints and hues of one colour!

April 12, 2014 - Challenge -Week 16 - Add a cardboard food box in a creative way.

we don't do a lot of pre-packaged in cardboard food, so i decided to add the packaging from a Burt's Bees moisturiser box

April 19, 2014 - Week 17 Challenge - Photograph or draw your favorite shoes.

My trusty purple Doc Martens are my fave shoes. Comfortable and sensible!

April 26, 2014 - Week 18 Challenge - Add an inspiring quote to guide your week.

A favourite affirmation that i keep telling myself when work stresses me out!

This is really a totally scribbled page, with no artistic merit!

May 3, 2014 - Week 19 Challenge - Document a Random Act of Kindness from you

For this prompt I collaged a page of cartoon people, a print out about the Project Fun Mail I started this year, splashed some water colour paint and star stickers on the page!

May 10, 2014 - Week 20 Challenge - Use a Rubber Stamp in a new way.

May 17, 2014 - Week 21 Challenge - Add embroidery or embroidery floss to your page - no floss? use thread.

May 24, 2014 - Week 22 Challenge - Draw, paint or sketch a house.

I am not a fan of the real world, it can be challenging, depressing, and stressful. So I have drawn a toadstool house for a faery

May 31, 2014 - Week 23 Challenge - Practice gratitude - write what you are grateful for each day this week.

i am having a few mental health issues of late, and this one was a real struggle for me.

June 7, 2014 - Week 24 Challenge - Use book text

I used a printed image from a scan of a page from 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' to create my page for this challenge

June 14, 2014 -  Week 25 Challenge - Cover the Flap in Hearts.

June 21, 2024 - Week 26 Challenge - Add a bible verse that inspires you 

A favourite Bible verse since I was a child

June 28, 2014 - Week 27 Challenge - Add a crossword puzzle, suduko or word search

July 5, 2014 - Week 28 Challenge:  Add an Instagram or other tiny photo to your page.

Tiny photos added are of Hurricane, our red heeler that sadly died a couple of years ago, and of Lily our schitzu-Maltese
Added a silver tone bone charm that I got from the RSPCA

July 12, 2014 - Week 29 Challenge: Make a wish list - draw or cut up magazines to illustrate

July 19, 2014 - Week 30 Challenge: Add receipts, labels, business cards - smash books style!

July 26, 2014 - Week 31 Challenge:  Add a pocket and fill it full of your week's treasure!

August 2, 2014 - Week 32 Challenge:  Incorporate a Fortune from a Fortune Cookie

August 9, 2014 - Week 33 Challenge:  Use your "under paper" in a creative way

August 16, 2014 - Week 34 Challenge: Fill the page with numbers that relate to your week 

August 23, 2014  - Week 35 Challenge: Draw, sketch, paint, doodle a face or cut and alter one from a book or magazine. 

August 30, 2014 - Week 36 Challenge:  Black & White

September 6, 2017 - Week 37 Challenge: Use white pen prominently on your page. 

i painted a background in thick pigmented watercolour before sketching in with white pastel ink

September 13, 2014 - Week 38 Challenge:  Draw, paint, doodle, sketch a feather onto your page

This is my interpretation of ''Week 38 Challenge: Draw, paint, doodle, sketch a feather onto your page'' ... i painted the portrait of my pet chickenBoadecia-bukbuk she has gorgeous red and gold feathers!

September 20, 2014- Week 39 Challenege: Add splatters and drips

September 27, 2014 -  Week 40 Challenge: Paint or color with three colors you never use.

October 4, 2014 - Week 41 Challenge: Polka Dots.

October 11, 2014 - Week 42 Challenge: Stars.

for the stars prompt I decided to paint an abstract nebula star field

October 18, 2014 - Week 43 Challenge:  Sketch what you see right now

October 25, 2014 - Week 44 Challenge: Incorporate real or drawn leaves 

October 31, 2014 - Week 45 Challenge:  Add a Tab

November 8, 2014 - Week 46 Challenge: Incorporate Fabric onto Your Page

Here is my week 46 add fabric page. the fabric is a blue bow. i added an ATC of the white rabbit and then added a watercolour paint background

November 15, 2014 - Week 47 Challenge - Add a map of your town, state or country.  Document about this map.

November 22, 2014 - Week 48 Challenge: Depict Gratitude in a creative way. 

I sketched in watercolour paint a picture of the face of a contented sleeping kitten. when i think of the word gratitude, i get an image in my head of animals we have rescued from pounds/animal shelters, and the looks they get on their faces when they finally realise they have their 'furever' home. It sums up the emotion of gratitude for me, so that is what i painted

November 29, 2014 - Week 49 Challenge - Trace your hand

I had no inspiration for this challenge, tracing my hand did not conjure up any hint of creativity. So I did what i could to make it decorative. 

Week 50 Challenge - Pick a fantasy vacation spot and make a packing list. Money is NO object! 

my fantasy vacation is on the Enterprise NCC-1701-D, and i dont need to pack anything as the replicators can produce anything i need

December 13, 2014 - Week 51 Challenge:  Arrows

Week 51: arrows. As i always re-assess where i am at with my long term and short term goals, when a year nears its end, i thought i would use the arrows prompt as a mind map to goal success

December 20, 2014 - Week 52 Challenge: Document your family holiday tradition. 

We don't do 'holidays' and we aren't ones for traditions , so I have created this page with the theme of looking back on a year whenever a year ends, and celebrating life

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